This isn’t strictly related to PadMapper, but it has borrowed (and not returned) a lot of PadMapper’s development time over the past couple of months, and I wanted to give a reason why. Plus, it’s pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.
I’m happy to announce the commencement of beta testing of the thing that’s been consuming most of my time recently: Â AppointmentPlease.com. AppointmentPlease is an online appointment scheduling service/web application for small businesses that aims to be really simple – I want it to do what one needs it to do quickly, and then get out of the way. It lets customers schedule appointments on their own, without having to call and interrupt the business person or receptionist. This makes customers very happy, since they don’t feel rushed to pick a time, and they’re more likely to end up with a time they’re comfortable with and can actually make. Besides that, the system sends appointment reminders to ensure that customers remember their appointments. I’ve aimed to make it simple enough for the technophobic among us to feel comfortable with it.
If you know of anyone running a small business that needs to take appointments, please point them to AppointmentPlease. The plans are reasonably priced (and very cheap during the beta period: $3-6/month depending on the number of service providers), and there’s a free one month trial. No contracts and it’s ridiculously easy to cancel if they don’t like it.
It still has some rough edges, but I wanted to get it out there as soon as possible so I can get feedback and use that to improve it, as I did with PadMapper.
I’ve also got big news coming for PadMapper, but I’ll have to wait until that’s actually 100% before unveiling it…